This is the first in a series of posts reviewing players on the 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot. Here is some background on how I analyze players for the HOF:
Much like the Earth and many a good joke, the views on Hall of Fame worthiness have two poles. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Yes, I will continue to call Brandon Allen a fantasy sleeper every year until he breaks out. I will also continue to say his name sounds like a furniture store. I’m just having a hard time writing off this mollywhooping, two-hundred and thirty-five pound behemoth that had an OBP of .405 in Triple-A last year. The OBP won’t translate into a great average; he’s more in the Adam Dunn mold. He strikes out, walks and hits homers. There’s even a few surprising steals in his game. That sounds downright donkeyish! No wonder I like him. Since he’ll already be 25 when the 2011 season opens, the D-Backs have to give him his shot soon. They just gotta, man. Seriously, please don’t play Parra or Nady over him. In Triple-A last year, he had 25 homers, 14 steals and a .405 OBP. If that doesn’t get your blood flowing, check your pulse. You might be dead. So what can we expect of Brandon Allen for 2011 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper? Please, blog, may I have some more?
New York Yankees 2010 Minor League Review
Overall farm rankings via Baseball America (2010)
2010 (18) | 2009 (15) | 2008 (5) | 2007 (7) | 2006 (17) | 2005 (24) | 2004 (27)
Record of Major and Minor League Teams
MLB: [95 – 67] AL East
AAA: [85 – 56] International League – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
AA: [83 – 59] Eastern League – Trenton
A+: [78 – 57] Florida League – Tampa
A: [65 – 74] South Atlantic – Charleston
A(ss): [34 – 40] New York – Pennsylvania League – Staten Island
R: [24 – 32] Gulf League
The Run Down Please, blog, may I have some more?
For as much as the media lambasts the Yankees receive for trading their prospects, they have a wealth of talent that is often ignored.
If Sean Rodriguez didn’t have 2nd base eligibility, he wouldn’t get this 2011 fantasy sleeper post. Keep that in mind. I like him, but he doesn’t have a secure enough spot in the Rays’ plans to warrant his own post without that eligibility, which, of course, is much prettier at your middle infidel spot. Last year in part-time duty (hehe, I said duty), Rodriguez had a line of 53/9/40/.251/13. Yawn all you want, but that’s in only 343 ABs. There were probably times when you owned him. Say exiting Spring Training (.460 average, .873 SLG) or maybe you owned him from June to August (7 homers, 10 steals in 211 ABs). Maybe you owned him because you remembered he was some kinda Baldwin in the minors — 30 homers and 9 steals in 2009. That woke you up, huh? How about this — in 744 minor league games, he has 127 homers and 104 steals. Before we start gazing into each others’ eyes and whispering sweet-nothings, Sean-Rod put up those numbers in hitter-friendly parks. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Me no happy Ryan Raburn doesn’t have 2nd base eligibility across all formats. He missed starting 20 games at 2nd by two games. Deuces are wild. Or as they say in LA nightclubs, douches are wild. If Leyland wasn’t out having a smoke, Raburn would’ve got those last two games. Switch to Vapor Pro! (Which reminds me… Recently, I went to visit a friend who runs one of these posh rehab clinics — He used to be so much fun! Oh, well. Please, blog, may I have some more?
The 2011 fantasy baseball rankings are not as far away as you might think. Right now, January Grey is throwing darts at a board to figure out where to place Edwin Jackson. Exciting! In the meantime, let’s look at the players who have multiple position eligibility for this upcoming 2011 fantasy baseball season. This took me far longer than it probably should’ve. Can’t someone write me a program that sorts all the players by games played at a position? Please, blog, may I have some more?
Chicago White Sox 2010 Minor League Review
Overall farm rankings according to Baseball America (2010)
2010 (19) | 2009 (16) | 2008 (28) | 2007 (26) | 2006 (14) | 2005 (12) | 2004 (20)
Record of Major and Minor League Teams
MLB: [88 – 74] AL Central
AAA: [67 – 77] International League – Charlotte
AA: [53 – 87] Southern League – Birmingham
A+: [81 – 58] Carolina League – Winston-Salem
A: [65 – 74] South Atlantic League – Kannapolis
R: [47 – 28] Pioneer League – Great Falls
R: [32 – 36] Appalachian League – Bristol
The Run Down Please, blog, may I have some more?
The White Sox minor league system played in a sandbox of disappointment in 2010.
Alcides Escobar stole 42 bases in 52 attempts in only 109 games in Triple-A in 2009, so what the effin’ eff in the eff hole happened last year? How did he only steal 10 bases in 145 games? Did he mind-meld with Prince Fielder and think he had a four-hundred pound torso? For those of you who have Google, you can see Alcides was a fantasy baseball sleeper last year and he’s going to be one again this year. Alcides had a Speed Score of 6.4. For qualifying players, that’s the highest Speed Score with the lowest stolen base total. The Speed Score of 6.4 sits right between The Dread Pirate at 6.5 (33 steals) and Scott Podsednik at 6.2 (35 steals). In Triple-A, his Speed Score was 8.4. Carl Crawford led the majors last year with a 8.5, Brett Gardner was 2nd with 8.1. Escobar also has no fear of losing playing time because he’s excellent with his glove and he’s now on the peasant Royals. If Web Gems were a category, Alcides would be a two category performer. Right now, SAGNOF! If Alcides Escobar doesn’t steal at least 25 bases next year, my name isn’t Grey “Is This Thing On?” Albright. In 2011, I’m sticking my neck out with a line of 70/3/40/.275/30. Please, blog, may I have some more?
The peasant Royals decided to send their big bargaining chip for three chips and a chip to be named later. This comes just days after Dayton Moore said Zack Greinke wasn’t happy and the Royals were going to trade him. This is like Ted Hughes saying Sylvia Plath wasn’t happy so he was going to cheat on her. (That was for our three girl readers and the guys who took Feminist Literature to try to get laid. “I’m going to take Feminist Literature because it’s going to be just me and a bunch of chicks!” Three months later, “The class is just me and chicks that hate me.”) In 126 1/3 IP in interleague play, Greinke had a record of 10-6/4.42/1.24/112. That includes some young years when Greinke was manhandled by depression like CT manhandled Johnny Bananas in The Gulag, it includes NL teams in AL parks and it includes some relief work. I think he’ll be better on the Brewers. He’s a better pitcher now. I wouldn’t necessarily expect another automatic Cy Young year. Let’s face it, that was a year for the ages for Greinke. He will have a better offense and he won’t have to carry the entire starting pitching staff, which I imagine could be a drag if you don’t have the mental stamina. After last year, Greinke was wavering between a fantasy #1 and #2. Now there’s some shine back on him. I’d expect a 3.50 to 3.75 ERA with a solid WHIP and Ks. I’d have no qualms about drafting him as my first fantasy starter. Anyway, here’s some more moves and what they mean for fantasy baseball:
Alcides Escobar – Traded to the Royals. Doesn’t really change his value, he just needs to run. Alcides was actually going to get a sleeper post today before this trade went down. Now he’s getting a sleeper post tomorrow. Stay tuned! Or don’t! These are your choices. Please, blog, may I have some more?
So you have the same song stuck in your head while you read this as I have in my head while writing it, let me just say this, “Black and yellow… Black and yellow… Black and yellow…” At least I didn’t say, “I whip my hair back and forth,” because that’s much worse. Or anything by Ke$ha. You know what the dollar sign stands for in the middle of her name? The money you have to pay me to listen to her. When I looked at Ryan Zimmerman back in September, I said, “Seems like Zimmerman’s career is following the two steps forward, one step back Electric Slide approach. In fairness, it was due to some thigh tightness in April and missing the last two weeks that caused Zimmerman to fall just short of projections. I have to say, for a top guy, he kinda bored me for stretches. Particularly, the 2 homer, .245 month of June and a zero homer month of September.” And that’s me recapping the recap! That didn’t sound like a huge endorsement, but he was also 25-years-old for the majority of 2010 and he was still a top five 3rd baseman. A position that is hella shallow in 2011. So what do I think Ryan Zimmerman can do in 2011 and what makes him a fantasy baseball keeper? Please, blog, may I have some more?